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TOP 10 MOST AWAITED MOVIES FOR THE YEAR 2014 Date: 12/17/2013 Views: 1
We all love movies and spend much time anticipating the releases to come
in the next year. As the year 2013 comes to an end, one cannot help but
speculate what the coming year has in store for us in terms of the
films that will be released. To end your suspense to a certain extent,
we have put together a list of ten movies for the year 2014. Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies that have been on an annual cycle.
10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Poor George Miller. Not only has the director's fourth Mad Max film spent more than two decades in development hell, it's also faced all kinds of hardships since it finally went into production a few years ago, from rain storms forcing a shift in locations, and budget overruns to some early 2013 reshoots.
Thankfully, there are signs that the Mad Max: Fury Road saga will have a happy ending, with anonymous sources stating that Miller's related sequel is actually very good - it's even said that Warner Bros were so happy with what they saw, they even gave Miller some extra money to go back and shoot some extra scenes to beef up one of Fury Road's major action set pieces.
The presence of Tom Hardy in the lead role also gives us hope, as does Miller's persistence in getting his sequel made: Mad Max 2 was a classic film, and with Fury Road picking up straight after the events of that film, we're hoping the belated follow-up will recapture some of its brilliance.
9. Seventh Son
This is an adventure tale that is based in the 18th century. The movie centers on Thomas a young man who becomes an apprentices to the local spook. He has to learn to fight against bad spirits. The biggest challenge that he comes across is against the very powerful Mother Malkin. She manages to escape while the Spook has gone away.
8. The Lego Movie
This entire movie revolves around a LEGO minifigure who is quite ordinary. But his identity is mistaken to be the MasterBuilder who is extraordinary. He is then selected to a join to be part of a quest which is aiming at preventing an evil LEGO villain who is planning on gluing together the entire universe.
The film will feature lots of DC characters in LEGO form, with Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern and Batman all present and correct. But the focus will be on a character by the name of Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, who finds himself unwittingly recruited to help save the world from a foe with predictably dastardly plans.
In this movie the slave who has now turned into a gladiator is fighting in a breathless race against time in a bid to save the true love of his life. She is betrothed to Roman Senator who is powerful and corrupt. Now, we certainly don't expect next year's Robo remake to better the original, but there's at least one reason to look forward to it with some sense of optimism: the track record of Brazilian director Jose Padilha.
If you haven't heard of him, Padhila began his career with the documentary Bus 174, which told the remarkable true story of a man who took a busload of passengers hostage and ended up in the middle of a media circus. His next two feature films, Elite Squad and its sequel The Enemy Within, mixed action and suspense with a thought-provoking account of life and death in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
Whether Padilha can (or will even be allowed) to bring the sense of realism and intensity of Elite Squad to his RoboCop remake remains to be seen, but we await the results with cautious enthusiasm.
6. Need for Speed
A street racer who comes out of prison which he had gone into after being framed by an associate of this business, he joins a race cross country. His motive is revenge on his rich ex partner. On learning about this, his ex partner offers a huge bounty on him as the race starts.
In most instances, movies based on videogames are shot, released and then despatched straight into the nearest cultural landfill site. But while Need For Speed is based on EA's long-running and ever-changing racing game franchise, it has a better pedigree than most. For one thing, it stars the great Aaron Paul as a street racer on a mission of vengeance across the highways of America, and he's backed up by a supporting cast which includes Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton.
The script's by George Nolfi, who wrote Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and both wrote and directed The Adjustment Bureau. And while it's seldom a good idea to judge a movie by its trailer, the first promo for Need For Speed really does look exciting - and there's even a bit of drama and artistic lighting in evidence between all the requisite tyre squealings, crashes and bangs.
5. Muppets Most Wanted
This finds the Muppets entangled in an European jewel heist when they are on their grand tour of the world. This leader for this caper is a lookalike of Kermit and his horrible sidekick.
Jason Segel isn't on board this time around, but Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the last film, shares scripting duties with James Bobin. Bobin is directing once again (before he heads off, it seems, to direct Alice In Wonderland 2, with Johnny Depp).
4. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
2011 was meant to be the year of the Superhero, but it turned out that the first one out of the gate, X-Men: First Class, was the best of a bunch that included Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern. The young X-Men are due again to compete against Captain America in 2014, and I expect a similar result: Matthew Vaughn is back, and James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence are more popular than ever. It helps, too, that it's based on one of the most famous X-Men stories, a very dark one that involves a world where mutants are hunted mercilessly by sentinels. Lots of X-Men may die. That's my kind of superhero movie.
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
There are some terrific-looking animated movies that we simply didn't have space to squeeze into this countdown - Mr Peabody & Sherman and Big Hero Six chief amongst them. But our animated movie of choice for 2014 is the eagerly awaiting How To Train Your Dragon 2.
The first film was a triumph for DreamWorks Animation, and arguably one of its very best films. And whilst co-director Chris Sanders went off to make The Croods (and is now working on The Croods 2), the other co-director - Dean DeBlois - has been calling the shots on this sequel. In fact, he's also knee deep too in How To Train Your Dragon 3, which is scheduled to land in 2016.
For the purposes of chapter two, five years have moved on, so when we meet Hiccup and his friends again, they're late teenagers. But Hiccup is no ordinary teenager - he's not spending hours locked in his room looking at 'educational' YouTube videos - as he finds himself in the midst of a new conflict between humans and dragons. Oops.
Since Memento in 2000, cinematographer Wally Pfister became known as a regular collaborator with Christopher Nolan, and since that low-budget classic, the pair worked together on a string of projects, each more grand than the last. Transcendence marks Pfister's first project as director, and it sounds extremely exciting.
It's set in a future where scientists are on the cusp of creating a computer intelligence superior to our own, and a terrorist organisation is doing its best to prevent a technological singularity from occurring. Johnny Depp stars as a computer scientist whose consciousness is uploaded to the internet, and Rebecca Hall joins him as his wife and scientific colleague. "Is it really Will who is interacting with humanity in order to make things better," reads the intriguing synopsis for the film, "or a sinister clone bent on the termination of the world as we know it?"
The premise alone sounds fantastic, and Pfister's presence means it'll be beautiful to look at, too. And while Pfister may have taken on a mammoth task in this potentially expensive, star-laden movie, let's not forget that he's spent more than a decade working with one of the finest mainstream film directors currently working. Transcendence could be the moment where Mister Pfister strikes out as a brilliant storyteller in his own right.